Equality and diversity
Action for Children is committed to promoting
equality, valuing diversity and working inclusively in all our
planning and operations.
We uphold these principles in everything that we do and this
helps to define our actions, behaviours and practices - as an
employer, service provider, and campaigning organisation.
This scheme sets out a framework for action we are taking to
help show those who use and commission our services how we meet the
needs of the diverse communities we work within, and how we will
reach our goal of being an employer of choice.
We believe that having a workforce with a rich mix of
backgrounds, knowledge, abilities and skills enhances our ability
to deliver high quality services to the broadest range of children,
young people and families.
The seven strands
We use the Equality and Human Rights Commission's seven strands
to help focus our equality and diversity work. In Northern Ireland
we also recognise the strand of community background. These strands
are not comprehensive and we recognise that people can be
discriminated against in other ways too. However, they give us a
strong foundation to build upon.
Stonewall Diversity Champions
As part of Action for Children's committed to promoting lesbian,
gay and bisexual equality and inclusion, we participate in
Stonewall's Diversity Champion and Workplace Equality Index
programmes. The Diversity Champions programme provides our
organisation with a range of good practice resources and
information, as well as networking and training and development
opportunities. We also have an annual profile in the Stonewall
The Workplace Equality Index enables us to benchmark our
performance and practice in promoting and managing LGB equality and
inclusion and has helped us to ensure that we build an
sustain an inclusive organisation for lesbian, gay and bisexual
staff, volunteers and service users.
The Network for Black Professionals
We are committed to promoting race equality and inclusion across
the organisation and have a corporate membership to The Network for
Black Professionals (NBP). NBP is a social justice, not-for-profit
organisation committed to supporting BME professionals to achieve
their full career and civic potential. It works in partnership with
progressive employers, government and community organisations.